Change is as inevitable, and important, in education as it is in life. The recent Vision and Change report on the state of postsecondary biology education clearly calls on us to change how biology is taught (AAAS, 2011). Alas, not everyone is as enthusiastic about change as the rest of us. And therein lies the problem. We need to reach beyond enthusiastic individuals to transform whole departments.

My teaching career started with a project immersed in change. I was a TA and then a research assistant for the Workshop Biology Project at the University of Oregon. This project was driven by a self-selected group of award-winning faculty at the University of Oregon who were...

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